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th, 2013. welcome to "cbs this morning." word from president obama he is canceling his meeting with president putin over russia's decision to grant asylum to nsa leaker edward snowden. plus, a new suspected american drone strike on al qaeda. >>> the surprising heart procedure for former president george w. bush. >>> the chef leading michelle obama's fight against childhood obesity. finally good news. >>> we begin this morning with a look at today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >>> this radical violent extremism is still out there. >> president obama warns the nation of a global terror threat. >> another possible drone strike in yemen overnight. >> strikes are an effort to disrupt an al qaeda terror plot. >> the g-20 summit is in st. petersburg. >> i will be going there. >> however, president obama canceling a meeting with vladimir putin. >> saying he was disappointed russia granted asylum to the nsa leaker. >> former president bush home from the hospital after a heart procedure. doctors inserted a stent to clear a blockage. >> senators
have plenty of chances to squeal to russian intelligence agents now. >> urging president obama to consider cancelling an upcoming meeting in russia. major garrett is at the white house. >> reporter: when the russian government allowed snowden to land several weeks ago, the white house knew this day would come. now russia has ignored direct pleas from president obama and the famous reset in the famous relations have been jeopardized. lawmakers now urging a forceful white house response. >> president obama battered away persistent questions about snowden during a meeting with the president of yemen. mr. obama did not want to personalize his sense of anger and disappointment leaving that to his spokesman. >> we see this as an unfortunate development and we are extremely disappointed by it. >> one that blindsided the white house and could imperil a planned obama/putin summit in moscow early next month. >> we are evaluating the summit in light of this. >> just after snowden arrived in russia, mr. putin tryobama tried to downplay it. >> i will not have one case
school football this weekend because of the poor air quality. >>> still no decision from president obama on what action he wants to take against syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons. if he does take any action, he may have to do it alone. just a couple of hours ago the british parliament went against prime minister david cam money and rejected any military intervention in syria. in the u.s., democrats and republicans also hesitant about an attack on the syrian ren jet stream. they are demanding a vote first. nbc bay area's steve handelsman is in washington with the latest developments. >> reporter: america is divided. in raleigh, north carolina, calls for a military strike on syria. but the opposite view in charlotte. >> we should keep our nose out of other people's business and let them deal with it on their own. >> reporter: president obama warned last night on pbs that americans are in danger from what he charges the syrian government used. >> chemical weapons. they can have devastating effects. could be directed at us. >> reporter: today his top aides are presenting proof to
close call on the freeway, someone pulled him from his burning car. >>> the obamas have a new dog. sunny. >> portuguese water dog like the first dog bo. >> wounded warrior softball team made a stop to show support for victims disabled in the bombing. >> handicapped, disabled. >> alex rodriguez, a pitcher drills him in the rib cage. they stopped the game and let the pitcher with the baseball gets to choose an animal from the top shelf. >>> welcome to >>> welcome to "cbs this morning," norah o'donnell is off. good morning, gayle. >> good morning, charlie. >> we begin with the political crisis in egypt, which threatened to take a new turn. the u.s. is taking a hard look at the aid it provides. >> meanwhile the leader of egypt's muslim brotherhood is under arrest. charlie d'agata in cairo. charlie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you gayle and charlie. egypt security forces rounded up dozens of muslim brotherhood leaders in the last week. for the military this was public enemy number one and he was caught after a tip-off he was hiding in an apartment in cairo. it wasn't long after
. >>> put on a mask of president obama. >> are you a democrat or republican? >> i'm a rodeo clown. >> the hug. i'm surprised you didn't give him the racket. >> welcome to the network. >> wait, we're doing this every night. >> all that matters. >> president obama the medal of honor. >> if you want to know what a true american hero looks like you don't have to look too far. just look at your dad. >> on "cbs this morning." >> three metro cops accepted a partygoers standoff invitation at the london carnival. boy, did they have the moves. >> quite a lot of twerking. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning," charlie rose and norah o'donnell are off today but anthony mason is here. >> good to be back. >> good to have you here. u.s. military preparing for an attack on syria. the obama administration is making its most forceful case yet for action. >> the president is expected to reveal evidence today showing syria did use chemical weapons against its own people. bill plante is at the white house. bill, good morning. >> gayle anthony, good morning. there's no longer a
sure that many student loan rates don't double.and the confirmation of several obama nominees. an awkward moment today for senator john mccain. the republican accidentally wandered into a capitol hill meeting between president obama and some congressional democrats. he later tweeted that he'd opened the wrong door - looked in and saw the president - and said "my mistake." everyone laughed. the president even passed on a good-natured invitation to stick around - but mccain declined. >> this just in to the kron 4 news room it is looking like major league baseball will issue severe suspensions to at least eight players including alex rodriguez with the connection to performance and hexing drugs. and that is -- performance-enhancing drugs. the players of list are linked to a florida company and several other athletes. alex rodriguez will even face a lifetime ban and other players could get 50 game suspension. and even portola cologne could be scared because he served a 50 game man of last year and gary radnich will have more coming up on a 6:00 p.m. >> jacqueline: we did see the a
on the crisis in syria. president obama, weighing his options right now. congress has been briefed. and white house officials now saying that the surprise vote in great britain is not going to stop the u.s. from acting. preparations for a strike taking place right now. >> we have full coverage starting this morning with abc's jim avila, who is at the white house with the reaction to that stunning vote in parliament last night. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. overnight, just as the president's people were briefing congress on their case against syria, telling the senators and the congresspeople, in fact, even if america has to act alone, america must respond. just before the white house began its briefing, stunning news from america's staunchest ally. britain is out. parliament rejected the prime minister's motion to intervene. and voted against any military action against syria. >> it is clear to me that the british parliament, reflecting the views of the british people. does not want to see british military reaction. i get that. and the government will act accordingly. >> reporter: now
bit later. >>> and there is a controversy at the state fair pap rodeo clown donned a president obama mask and then announcers openly mocked. well, residents and policies on both sides of the aisle are not happy. details on that. >>> breaking news near orlando this morning. a sinkhole causing a resort to partially collapse. our nbc affiliate is in orlando this morning. marina, good morning. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning. quite the scare for guests here. this resort is about 6 miles out from walt disneyworld. many of the guests coming back from the night after spending all day at the parks and once they got into their room they reported hearing popping noises, window shattering. emergency crews here in minutes and evacuating all 36 guest from two buildings affected by this sinkhole, and all of them accounted for and thankfully no injuries reported. the elevator was the first part to go once the ground gave way and about 3:00 this morning the west wing of one of the buildings also tearing away from the rest of the structure. >> what are you hearing from officials about
on the terror threat. president obama is being briefed on the latest. he was updated by national security council adviser susan rice after his top security team met to discuss the threat. >> there are 22 u.s. embassies and consulates shut down today across 17 muslim nations, and that's to keep those who work there safe. and the one in yemen which is considered high risk with al qaeda gaining a foothold there. >> let's get the latest from richard engel. good morning. he's live in cairo this morning. >> reporter: good morning, lester. diplomatic activity around the world has been severely disrupted by the series of closures. behind me is the u.s. embassy in cairo that is closed today. it's closed because of the security threat. u.s. embassy officials have told us they're still assessing new information to determine when they could reopen. it's not a good time to be a u.s. diplomat in the muslim world today. with u.s. embassies shuttered, 22 of them from kabul to cairo. and beyond. it's the first time a general alert this sweeping has been issued since the u.s. braced for retaliation after a
more retile, but out of jail. >> richard edged in cairo, thank you. 6 >>> the obama administration is releasing acknowledging that the nsa was ordered by a federal judge in 2011 to stop scooping up thousands of communication from americans with no connection to terrorism. the court ruled the nsa's actions were unconstitutional and ordered the agency to fix the problem. >>> embattled san diego mayor bob filner has reached a tentative deal involving a sexual harassment lawsuit. the 70-year-old mayor is facing allegations from at least 17 women. this is amateur video of filner leaving city hall on wednesday night. san diego city attorney says a proposed resolution has been reached, and will be presented to city council on friday. >>> fire fighting resources are being stretched to the limits, as crews continue to battle 50 fires, and out-of-control fire is threatening about 2500 structures near yosemite in california. and in idaho, the beaver creek has now burned more than 100,000 acres. nbc's miguel almaguer was given rare access, with the bird's-eye view with a veteran helicopter. >>
to be coming out o the arabian peninsula. you'll recall president obama met with the president of yemen earlier this week. there have also been a number of drone attacks in yemen this past week alone. now the british also closing down their embassy in yemen for at least two days. we don't have any word on how long the u.s. embassies will be closed. they will close down on sunday, possibly longer. we'll have to wait and see about that. we know that president obama has been briefed. he'll continue to be briefed throughout the weekend. now, if you or a loved one planning to travel overseas, u.s. officials say the best thing to do is to log on to the state department website, you'll find a lot of information there. you can also register your travel plans there. >> kristen, thanks. >>> as these terror fears mount the u.s. embassy in cairo is one of the embassies on the list to be closed on sunday. near the embassy. ayman, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lester. the u.s. embassy behind me normally would be open on a sunday morning. it's the beginning of a workweek here. but instead, it's goi
family is larger this morning. the obamas are welcoming their second dog, named sunny. nbc white house correspondent peter alexander has the story. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. the grass doesn't get greener than moving in here in the white house. a sweet pad sitting on 18 acres right in the heart of the nation's capitol and from the look of things, sunny obama is fitting right in. ♪ move over bo, there's a new dog in town and for our inaugural play date, the white house released its own music video. ♪ a pair of presidential pets frolicking on the south lawn. that will get tails wagging. the first lady tweeted "so excited to introduce the newest member of the obama family, our puppy sunny." just 14 months old, sunny is a michigan native named for her cheerful personality, the family says. a portuguese water dog just like bo because malia has allergies. >> he doesn't know how to swim. >> president obama fulfilled his campaign promise to his daughters. >> you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the white house. >> reporter: sasha or malia must have sw
morning. ready to strike. decision time at the white house. president obama weighing u.s. military options in syria. could airstrikes come within days? nbc's ann curry and richard engel are in the region with live reports. >>> developing story. that raging wild fire near yosemite now posing a new threaten dang gerg san francisco's water and power supplies. >>> and state of emergency. that's what hollywood is under according to the mayor of los angeles as more movie and television shows abandon california. what he wants to do to end that trend today, tuesday, august 27th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning. welcome to "today" at 7:00 a.m. on the west coast. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm matt lauer and this is al roker and tamron hall. something like 90,000 jobs could be lost. billions of dollars. >> it's a huge deal because for some it is the price of doing business in hollywood has become expensive. we'll have more on that story in a few moments. we'll have more to get to, includin
and the arab world. a big test for president obama. >> it's the credibility of the united states. if we're not willing to punish regimes that violate international law. if we're not willing to act on our own red lines then no other country, friend or foe, will take us seriously. >> the pentagon has it's target list ready for limited air strikes. nothing is imminent but this is moving very, very quickly. back to you, savannah. >>> andrea mitchell, thank you very much. republican senator bob corker of tennessee is the ranking member on the foreign relations committee. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah, good to be with you. >> good to be with you as well. my first question is is u.s. credibility really on the line here? if your mind, is military action now required, no longer an option? >> well, savannah, i do think that the administration feels like that there's no question chemicals were used. i think they're rallying support around our nato allies. hopefully they'll come to congress with an authorization as soon as we get back. i think action is going to occur. i think we r
at assad is necessary. president obama who ran for office on ending the iraq and afghanistan wars now admits he's on the verge of ordering a u.s. military strike against syria because of the assad regime's use of chemical weapons. >> i have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict in syria, but we do have to make sure that when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us that they are held accountable. >> reporter: in that interview with pbs, the president argued that because the assad regime has ties to terrorist organizations, u.s. national security is at stake. >> there is a prospect, a possibility in which chemical weapons that can have devastating effects could be directed at us. >> reporter: as the new cover of "time" out this morning demonstrates, this is a decision the commander in chief of a war-weary nation enters reluctantly. and he's not alone. a growing number of members of congress on both sides of the aisle are calling for a vote to authorize a u.s. attack. republican house speaker john boehner has penned a letter to
. >> the question now, will president obama still meet president putin at a summit here in moscow scheduled for early september and just before the g-20 in st. petersburg. that meeting is now looking a lot less likely. >> thank you. we want to get the white house reaction. let's go to peter alexander on duty there. good morning. what is the fallout there? >> savannah, good morning to you. this is going to strain already tense relationships between the two countries. no immediate reaction to the officials in the white house. they're still crafting the exact language, u.s. officials are in this case. be very clear. this is not the result the obama administration wanted in this case. for the last several months, they have been pressing, they have been pressuring the kremlin to expel edward snowden from that country because there's no extradition treaty between the u.s. and russia. in many way, their hands are tied. the president said i'm not going to scramble jets for a 29-year-old hacker. you heard from jim maceda saying just last week attorney general eric holder sent a letter to his counter
't rule one out either. president obama gathered his national security team. congressional leaders given classified briefings. >> there's been a lot of chatter out there. chatter means conversation among terrorists about the planning that's going on. very reminiscent of what we saw pre-9/11. >> this specific threat that we have been briefed on over and over again has reached a new level. >> reporter: senior intelligence officials say the plot originates with yemen with al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, the same group that mailed explosives in a printer to chicago. the group has a uniquely skilled bombmaker and is seeking revenge after its commander was killed last month in a drone strike. the group's leader was once bin laden's secretary and is well connected to al qaeda's top leadership. >> in many ways it's more dangerous. now we have 2.0 or 3.0 which is widely dispersed a younger generation coming up with new ideas. not necessarily repeating what they did in the past. >> reporter: among those new ideas and new tactics, savannah, we are told that al qaeda militants in yemen have been
obama's doing in handling this situation, and lawmakers are voicing their own concerns following a briefing. andrea mitchell, good morning. >> good morning. the white house shared intelligence with top members of congress but only by telephone leaving many wondering and wanting a lot more detail on this mission. even though the white house does plan to go it alone without a key ally. >> reporter: as protesters outside demonstrated against any military action against syria, inside, the national security team scrambled to build support for targeted strikes, briefing key members of congress by telephone thursday night. defense secretary hagel called in from the philippines. the president did not join the call. >> i was really disappointed in that. one of the things that has really bothered me is the president drawing a red line without knowing, in his mind, what he would do if he crossed the red line. >> i do think he needs to come up and consult with congress. again, you know, a few phone calls and those kinds of things, you have to have a robust discussion. >> others on the call i
does go into it. >> i receive some nasty calls last night. they stated something about michelle obama new rap video for children. and >> there is all types of things about the children stay in shape. all i know is that a fall was a guy without a job, let's have stevie wonder sang at the white hels. less under the giants, less, this team. >> i do like the michelle obama of video because she is trying to get children active. i am always looking for ways to improve my work out. everybody wants a shortcut. >> if you know when you see the football players putting the gatorade in their mouth. i was always wondering why athletes to do that. it is actually better for them to a swiss in their mouth. and that somehow signals that your brain and it knows and it will react a certain way. i am going to try this. >> do you want to really know the truth.? >> no. >> it signals york brand you have card switching in your mouth. if this is for 5 to 10 seconds. your brain is what will control and you will get a better workout and a little bit of a boost. >> i think i am going to have to do the old way. i
the president will instead travel to sweden, and last night president obama said terrorists depend on us being terrorized, but we are going to live our lives. president obama made his first comments about the threat. >> it's significant enough that we are taking every precaution, and it's a reminder, that in all the significant steps we have made that this radical violent extremism is still out there, and we have to stay on top of it. >> we would not say whether the nsa surveillance programs tipped the u.s. off on it. >> i think the general rule is to snow common sense and use caution. >> what i say to them and what i say to president putin, is that's the past, you know, and we have got to think about the future. >> the president insisted he will attend the g-20 summit next month. >> if russia wants to uphold the olympic spirit, then every judgment should be made on the track or in the swimming pool or on the balance beam, and people's sexual orientation should have nothing to do with it. >> about hillary clinton. >> she had the post election glow, and two weeks later after leaving the white h
could lead to war with syria? president obama addressed that issue in an interview earlier this morning. >> that starts getting to core national interests that the united states has. both in terms of us making sure that weapons of mass destruction are not proliferating, as well as needing to protect our allies, our bases in the region. this is something that is going to require america's attention and hopefully the entire international community's attention. >> for the latest on the information in syria let's go to nbc's chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, in cairo with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, tamron. the administration is weighing it's options trying to figure out what happened in syria and who was responsible before taking any action, let alone military action. the un secretary general says if it's proved that chemical weapons were used by any party it would be a crime against humanity and should result in serious consequences. meanwhile, russia which is an ally of the syrian regime has joined other nations in calling u.n. inspectors who are in dam
to the recent closures in the middle east. president obama will hold a news conference today where he is expected to address the growing tension with russia. chuck todd is at the white house with a preview. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. as you know it will be the first time we will hear from the president since the decision by the white house to snub vladimir putin in russia and not attend a summit there in moscow, and we will hear the president's explanation on that, and this is a press conference that should be all over the map, the end of the summer type of conference, if you will, and the president headed for vacation tomorrow for ten days in martha's vineyard, and you should expect questions all over the map, from health care to immigration, and it's a disappointing end of the summer for the president. three months ago he thought it would be a press conference where it would be a big success, signing an immigration reform bill, and that is not anywhere in sight, and he has the implementation of the health care, and it's a precarious position he is in as he hea
be alive inside an air pocket. >>> the rodeo clown who wore a president obama mask during a performance at the missouri state fair has been banned for life. fair officials say they're also reviewing their contract with the company that ran the event. the incident sparked outrage nationwide after video of the event went viral. spectators were asked if they wanted to see obama run down by a bull. fair officials did not release the identity of the clown. >>> sentencing is underway right now for former congressman jesse jackson jr. jackson pleaded guilty to stealing some $750,000 from his campaign fund. his wife sandra will also be sentenced this morning in washington, d.c. jackson is hoping the judge will consider giving him probation. >>> rising political story cory booker is one step closer to a u.s. senate seat this morning after winning the democratic primary tuesday night. the newark, new jersey, mayor will face off with republican steve lone began in an october special election. lone began is the former mayor of bogota, new jersey. >>> now to wall street and what is moving the market
by police and the bodies seized. president obama had harsh words for the military-backed government and cancelled a joint military exercise. >> the united states strongly condemns the steps taken by egypt's interim government and security forces. we deplore violence against civilians. >> reporter: washington gives egypt's armed forces more than 1 billion dollars in aid a year. they have long been a reliable u.s. ally. it still has. egypt's government said the president's comments encouraged the opposition to protest more, leading to more violence. right now i am watching some of the wounded being taken out on the backs of motorcycles. they have been authorized to use live fire and they are doing that. >> david, let's join you. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. >> the real point of leverage is the $1.3 billion in u.s. aid to egypt. any chance the u.s. with draws that aid? if it did would it lose the influence it still has left? >> that's the real question. within the white house, they call that a knee-jerk move at this point. they are trying to calibrate up the presiden
, to the election of president obama, through the prism of this man. and you feel that the personal and the political and historic all coming together. >> yeah. lee daniels did an amazing job, i think when he directed, to be able to watch. the big issue between me and my son is, very much a father/son story in a lot of ways. >> heartbreaking in many ways. >> yeah. my son who gets involved with the civil rights movement, creating a better life, and trying to create a better life for them. lee is able to show you what this does to our family. >> and there's a wonderful scene, a scene that you're not in. but a scene where your son is with martin luther king. and martin luther king explains that people who are butlers, like cecil gaines, seem s subservient but are serving their people. >> by their dedication to work. they were able to move things forward. and you get to see, too, where he approaches my character, even in a quiet wall you're talking about. he tries to push forward the envelope. asking for a raise for the other butlers. trying to find equality. in his way, he's trying to
is taking over late night. barrack obama will be jay leno's guest tonight on "the tonight show. " do you know how many times he has been on the show. >> his fifth time. >> this will be his sixth visit overall. >> he likes it. you can catch at this 11:35, 10:35 central here on nbc. >> let's get a check of the headlines. >> good morning everyone. the emergency evacuation of americans from yemen is underway this morning. the air force is transporting nonessential u.s. diplomatic personnel out of yemen because of an al qaeda terrorist threat. this follows the closing of a dozen diplomatic missions in the middle east and north africa. a gunman opened fire in a town hall building in pennsylvania. it happened in a meeting in ross township, pennsylvania. they say newell used a semiautomatic pistol to shoot through the wall of the building and into the meeting. five people were injured including the shooter. he was taken into custody. >>> autopsies are being done today on two young boys killed apparently by an escaped python. police in new brunswick, canada, say the victims, a 5 and a 7-year-old,
president was scheduled to meet up with president obama later this week >> janet in houston for us, thank you. now to a dramatic scene that played out just across the scene from us at 30 rock. a cab crashed into a crowded sidewalk and severely injured a tourist. a woman that owes her life to a group of good samaritans including one you'll recognize dr. oz. kristen is at the scene of the accident and has the story. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. i'm around the corner from where you are. a street we all walk on every day. busy at any time of the day. the cab came up here barrelling on to the sidewalk and hit a cyclist and british tourist. she was here. her body ended up here and the cab ended up all the way here and it was her very first day here in new york. >> reporter: it took only an instant to turn the crowded summer street corner into a gruesome scene. >> he either gunned it or meant to hit the brake and hit the accelerator, but that cab took off. there was at least one woman standing on the sidewalk that got smashed. >>> diane green, a young british woman was thrown
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